Balasubramaniaswamy Vadachennimalai

Balasubramaniaswamy, Vadachennimalai

Other Temples - Salem District


Balasubramaniaswamy, facing west


Valli and Devyanai along with another Muruga idol

Other Deities

Dhandayudhapani, Subramanya, Varasakthi Vinayaka, Karumari Amman, Shiva

Balasubramaniaswamy Vadachennimalai is a beautiful hill temple situated on a hill, locally called Vada Chennimalai. The hill is about 300 meters high and has a gradual ascent through 60 different segments of steps representing the 60-year cycle followed by devout Hindus. The climb is long but not difficult. A motorable road also goes up to the temple on top. At the base is a shrine for Lord Vinayaka. On the way up are mandapams for resting and a shrine for Idumban. There are also some nice idols of a man with Kaavadi, Muruga offering gooseberry to Avvaiyyar, and others on the way up. The temple on top has a 5 tiered Rajagopuram facing north. After this is a Prakaram that runs around the sanctums. In front of the sanctum sanctorum is a large and newly mandapam with provision for devotees to come in a line. There are three different forms of Lord Muruga here. The three sanctums are in one line facing west. In the middle is the one with Balasubramanyaswamy, the main deity in child form. On either side are one as a married Subramanya with his consorts Valli and Devyanai and another one as Dhandayudhapani, the ascetic. This is considered a very important aspect of Balasubramaniaswamy Vadachennimalai. The main deity of Balasubramanyaswamy is said to have been installed later before a Swayambu Idol which was the original main deity. The Lord appears with a turban on his head and a Rudraksha garland on his neck. Around the temple is a Girivala (circumambulation of the hill) path with an Avvayyar idol in the middle.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Vasishta Theertham

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Balasubramaniaswamy Vadachennimalai is an old temple. Historical information is not available as of now.


Some lads herding sheep on the hill were playing and a new boy came to join them. When he started running uphill very fast the others fell back and saw a large glow of light into which the boy disappeared. When the incident was reported to the village elders, they went up to see the spot and discovered three Swayambu Idols lying there. They took them and built the Balasubramaniaswamy Vadachennimalai. Originally only the three Swayambu idols were there in the temple. Later the lord appeared in the dream of a devotee and demanded that his idol as a child be installed at Balasubramaniaswamy Vadachennimalai.


Balasubramaniaswamy Vadachennimalai is about 60 kilometers east of Salem on the highway going towards Kallakurichi. Eight kilometers after Attur is a place called Kattukottai. Balasubramaniaswamy Vadachennimalai is on the southern side of Kattukottai and is visible from a distance.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest is the Kallakurichi to Salem highway and Salem.

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